Tennessee comptroller's office hires former US attorney

The Tennessee comptroller’s office has brought former U.S. Attorney Mike Dunavant on board to serve as chief investigative counsel.

Comptroller Jason Mumpower’s office announced the hire Tuesday of the former head federal prosecutor in the Western District of Tennessee.

Dunavant was appointed by President Donald Trump and served as U.S. attorney from 2017 until 2021.

He was previously a Tennessee district attorney from 2006 until 2017 and worked in private practice from 1995 until 2006.

In the comptroller’s office, Dunavant will work with Division of Investigations Director Jeff Puckett in investigating allegations of fraud, waste and abuse in government and other publicly funded entities.

Maker of power equipment transmissions expands in Tennessee

HUNTINGDON, Tenn. — A company that makes transmissions for outdoor power equipment is investing $10 million to expand in Tennessee, officials said.

Tennessee's economic development department said Tuesday that Hydro-Gear has chosen the city of Huntingdon in Carroll County to open a fourth U.S. location. Officials said the expansion will create 375 jobs.

Based in Sullivan, Illinois, the company designs and manufactures precision drives including hydrostatic transmissions, transaxles, gear reduction drives, displacement pumps, wheel motors and electric drive systems, officials said.

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development said it has supported several economic development projects in Carroll County over the past five years, resulting in about 850 job commitments and about $500 million in capital investment.

TVA to spend $7.3M on energy training in schools

A federal utility is spending $7.3 million to train personnel in 160 public schools across seven states on how to reduce energy use and save money.

The Tennessee Valley Authority says the School Uplift program spending will take place over the next three years and will be boosted by $600,000 in initial matching funds from Tennessee's Energy Efficient Schools Initiative.

TVA says 11 schools have completed a pilot program and have already saved almost 20% on annual energy bills just from behavioral changes.

Three schools have earned energy upgrade grants worth $400,000 each. Five schools have won TVA grants for solar pavilions that will serve as outdoor classrooms.

TVA's EnergyRight program will recruit schools for the 2022-23 program. Those interested can visit the website at https://energyright.com/business-industry/school-uplift.

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